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              Wednesday, 18th March 2009

Wheelathon’s fund
                                                                                … action
                                                                                from last

on a roll!
A BAHRAIN-UK return flight
and other prizes are up for grabs
to those who generate the highest
levels of sponsorship at this
                                                     By REBECCA TORR
                                           ing RIA and Think Pink.
                                             “We chose RIA Centre and Think
                                                                                      There is also a 2.2km track for
                                                                                   smaller children.
                                                                                      Participants can compete using
                                                                                   any non-motorised mode of transport
                                                                                                                             ship this weekend,” said Mr Axtell.
                                                                                                                               “The main prize that will be award-
                                                                                                                             ed to the individual raising the highest
                                                                                                                             level of sponsorship will be an econo-
                                                                                                                                                                        to collect sponsorship for the
                                                                                                                                                                        Wheelathon but people could still
                                                                                                                                                                        participate on the day by donating
                                                                                                                                                                        the minimum level of sponsorship.
                                           Pink as our beneficiaries this year,”   that has wheels, such as bicycles,        my return Gulf Air flight to London,         “It’s been tough this year to raise
year’s Wheelathon.                         said event organiser on behalf of the   skateboards, roller blades, scooters      which will be arranged and with taxes      money but I hope we will get as
   People of all ages have the chance      St Christopher’s Cathedral, David       and buggies.                              paid courtesy of Kanoo Travel.             many people down there as possi-
to win a prize by raising the most         Axtell.                                    The children’s age categories are:       “There are then five age banded          ble,” he said.
money for their participation in                                                   under fours, five to nine, 10 to 13,      categories – up to five year, six to 10,     “We’ve set the minimum sponsor-
Bahrain’s Fifth Annual Charity                         Awareness                   and 14 to 17. There is also an adult      11 to 14, 15 to 18 and 18 upwards.         ship at a level that a lot of people will
Wheelathon        at   the    Bahrain         “Think Pink is mainly about rais-    category.                                                                            be able to afford themselves and they
International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir      ing awareness and a lot of youngsters      Prizes will be given to participants                 Incentive                    can treat it as an entry fee, but I try to
on Friday.                                 and families come down and attend       generating the highest levels of indi-      “Carousel will be offering vouch-        shy away from this because we want
   The Wheelathon is a community           the event.                              vidual sponsorship within each cate-      ers to children while Adhari Park is       people to raise as much sponsorship
event where people are sponsored to           “RIA Centre was chosen because it    gory.                                     providing free family rides within         as they can for our charities.”
‘wheel’ around the BIC on their bicy-      is going to be a family event and I’m      The minimum level of sponsorship       each category.                               In addition to fun on the track,
cles, scooters, skateboards or any-        always keen to support disadvanta-      is BD10 for adults and BD2 for chil-        “Further incentives are also being       there will be entertainment provided
thing that has wheels.                     ged children.”                          dren.                                     offered by the BIC and the Royal           by DJ Krazy Kevin, as well as face
   It is organised by St Christopher’s        The 5.4km Wheelathon track is           “There will be a variety of prizes     Golf Club to encourage all children        painting, balloon twisting, clowns
Cathedral which support and share          divided into fast and slow lanes to     on offer at the Wheelathon for those      and their parents to raise the most.”      and bouncy castle.
proceeds with local charities includ-      accommodate all abilities.              raising the highest levels of sponsor-      Mr Axtell said there was still time        There will be walks through spray
                                                                                                                                                                                   jets to keep people cool and

BD25,000 help
                                                                                                                                                                                   Coca Cola will provide the
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Wheelathon starts at
                                                                                                                                                                                   3pm but prior to the event,
                                                                                                                                                                                   at 1.30pm, a series of teams

for the disabled
A CHARITY golf tournament          was a lifeline to the disabled
                                                                                                                                                                                   will compete in the Fancy
                                                                                                                                                                                   Dress Hospital Bed Race.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Two teams of six (one in
                                                                                                                                                                                   the bed and five pushing)
                                                                                                                                                                                   will compete in head to
has raised about BD25,000 in       in Bahrain and especially for                                                                                                                   head combat down the main
support of Bahrain’s disabled.     those who were newly dis-                                                                                                                       straight of the F1 track for a
   The money will be used by       abled through an accident or                                                                                                                    stretch of 500 metres.
Bahrain Mobility Inter-            disease.
national (BMI) to complete a          “If they just sit in the house                                                                                                                         Interest
specialised swimming pool          they can get depressed and
for the disabled which is          think, ‘why did this happen to                                                                                                                      The beds have been
being built at the centre in Isa   me’, but by coming to the                                                                                                                        donated by the American
Town.                              centre they are able to build a                                                                                                                  Mission Hospital.
   The rest of the money will      new life,” he said.                                                                                                                                 Registration is BD50 per
be used to purchase custom-           “Before the tournament                                                                                                                        team.
made wheelchairs which             members came three days a                                                                                                                           Those wishing to partici-
BMI members need desper-           week but now they come for                                                                                                                       pate in the bed race must
ately.                             five.                                                                                                                                            register by today.
   “We are still hoping that                                                                                                                                                           “There seems to be some
more donations will be com-                    Hope                                                                                                                                 interest in the bed race and
ing because we need                   “We hope this tournament                                                                                                                      a lot of thought going into
BD15,000 to finish the pool,       and its supporters won’t stop                                                                                                                    the costumes,” said Mr
BD15,000 for 12 wheelchairs        because these services are                                                                                                                       Axtell.
and we were also hoping to         needed by our members and                                                                                                                           “It’s a lot of fun and we
buy a 26-seater which costs        all disabled in Bahrain.”                                                                                                                        welcome spectators to come
BD27,000,” BMI vice-presi-            BMI’s charity golf tourna-                                                                                                                    and watch the race ahead of
dent Adel Sultan told the          ment is backed by various                                                                                                                        the Wheelathon.”
GDN.                               companies        in   Bahrain,                                                                                                                      The Wheelathon is spon-
   “The tournament is like the     including Riffa Views, which                                                                                                                     sored by Chevron, Royal
air we are breathing. It gives     is the title sponsor.                                                                                                                            Golf Club, BIC, American
us the money we need to run           The Riffa Views Shaikh                  sMr Sultan, standing, left, with BMI and Riffa Views officials and BMI members                        Mission Hospital, Kanoo
our centre and pay for salaries    Faisal Bin Hamad Al Khalifa         7.30am and 12.30pm on both       and caters to the needs of the      grate into the community once           Travel, Warwick Mann
and activities.                    Memorial Trophy 2009 takes          days and an award ceremony       disabled in Bahrain.                they start school.                      International,         GDN,
   “It’s also an important ev-     place at the King’s private         will be held on Saturday at         The centre runs entirely on         BMI welcomes all disabled            Porsche,            Carousel,
ent for us because through the     golf course, in Safriya on          5pm.                             donations and offers computer       people to take part in its activi-      InterGlobal, Dell, Coca
publicity we get a lot of indi-    Friday and Saturday.                  The tournament is held in      and English courses and physi-      ties and facilities are free, with      Cola and Trowers and
viduals and volunteers that           A total of 160 golfers will      memory of Shaikh Faisal, who     cal therapy facilities to its       no annual fee.                          Hamlins.
come forward to help and           compete in the better ball          died in a car accident in        members.                               For more information about              Anyone interested in par-
from this support we can run       tournament which is organ-          January 2006 and was a strong       There is also a nursery          the tournament or BMI, or to            ticipating or sponsoring the
more programmes for our            ised by the Royal Golf              supporter of the disabled and    attached to the centre, which       make a donation contact                 event should contact Mr
members.”                          Club.                               BMI.                             caters to children aged three to    Dreena Rogers on 39615356 or            Axtell on 39432133.
   Mr Sultan said the BMI             Tee-offs will be held at           BMI was established in 1979    six and prepares them to inte-      Adel Sultan on 39678053.                

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